The recent Jia Khan controversy brings a very important and increasingly common issue to light- depression. Whether we want to admit it or not, the stress of our lives makes us very prone to this issue; we may choose to avoid it and not take it seriously. But it is essential to recognize it at an early stage, understand it and find ways to deal with it for ourselves and people around us. Here are some ways to cope with depression:
Rationalizing the madness
Depression often breaks us down as it makes us think the worst of ourselves and our situation. It is usually a form of negative exaggeration of singular life events or a certain phase in a relationship. In such cases, it becomes crucial to try to rationalize what you are feeling at the moment, and bringing it to a lesser self-destructive place. Separate the incident and the way you feel about it and notice how you are cascading a smaller incident into a negative generalization of yourself or your life.
Looking for strength within
Depressed people try to find solace outside. But know that you will find the biggest strengths within yourself. You alone have the power to get out of the depression. Reinforce the positives about yourself and your life. If you need, take some time out to meditate and find a safe place inside. Yoga and meditation are useful ways to draw peace and calm from within.Here we find out 6 ways to come out of the worst depression.
Venting it out
It’s very important to vent out negative thoughts and energy as the longer it stays in your system, the worse it will make you feel. Find a way to vent it out, either by writing it down or some other form of art like music or painting. It may help to pen down depressing thoughts as it helps to flush it out from your system.
Developing a support group
It’s good to have people who you can call and talk to when you are at your worse. So make sure you have some friends or family members you confide in when you are depressed or anxious. People under-estimate the value of a strong support group often, but just knowing people are they for you in itself is a strong reinforcement in the positive direction.
Feel good activities
Make a list of things you do to make you happy. Go for a jog or a dance class or a morning walk to see the sunrise. Whatever reinforces you in a positive way will help life your spirits and chase the blues. Ideally, choose to do one activity per day that makes you feel good, and chances are depression will be kept at bay anyway!
Knowing when to ask for help
If you think you are not coping well with depression for a prolonged period, don’t hesitate to ask for external help. Be honest to yourself and seek the required help immediately, as waiting will not do you any good. All it takes is one tiny step that may just save you in time. Also, if someone comes you for help, don’t take them lightly. This is a grave matter and needs to be handled with a lot of sensitivity and care.
Smita Diwan a Television Journalist and Communication Specialist with an experience of 10 years in media and leading satellite channels started whatshelikes.in as a digital hub for women in India. Smita specialises in Lifestyle, Home Decor, Health, Food and Product reviews. When she is not working,she is researching or practising yoga! @SmitaDiwan